If an elderly loved one’s mental health problems are particularly serious, they might benefit from a period of intensive assessment and treatment in our inpatient services.

Our older people’s suites are homely purpose-built facilities carefully designed to create a positive, safe and stimulating environment for those living with illnesses such as dementia.

A lot of care and attention has gone into developing our suites to make sure they meet the needs of service users. At a time when they are at the most vulnerable stage of their illness.

Providing round-the-clock access to nursing, psychology and medical support, as well as social care, healthcare, physiotherapy, speech therapists and dieticians, the suites work closely with our community mental health services .

From music therapy to art class, we provide lots of daily therapeutic and leisure activities.

And we work closely with carers and other support services to make sure all aspects of your care are considered including your future needs, helping to support you living in the community.

Rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC, the award-winning ten-bedroom suite is designed to meet the needs of people suffering acute mental health problems.

Equipped with a state-of-the art sensory bathroom, outside gym, attractive murals, indoor street scene and even a pub, accommodation is also provided for carers.

The ten-bedroom specialist facility offers enhanced care and support to individuals with complex needs.

These needs may be the result of either an organic illness, such as dementia, or as a result of a functional mental health concern, such as schizophrenia or depression.

Each bedroom offers overnight facilities for family members because we know how important it is to be near your loved ones.

Barbara’s Beacon is our six-bedroom care home facility providing support to individuals moving on from our older peoples’ acute and long-term inpatient units.

Created to ease demand on the current facilities, the Beacon provides support to those who need complex nursing care and people whose needs are too complex for traditional residential facilities.

Bridging a gap between enhanced residential in the private sector and our specialist older peoples’ JSS suite, the Beacon aims to prevent people becoming inappropriately entrenched in acute facilities because of delayed discharge issues.

The refurbished accommodation provides individual bedroom suites as well as shared kitchen, living, craft and garden areas for service users, friends and family.

We’re the envy of many inpatient services across the country and have received national recognition for innovation and patient-centred provision.

How do I access older people's inpatient services?

Discuss with your GP, care manager, community matron or district nurse about how we can support you.

You can refer a loved one to our inpatient services by discussing with a healthcare professional.

The service user’s GP will always be consulted with about the referral.

If you’re in a mental health crisis and need urgent help, call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256 and select option 3. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 free from a landline or mobile phone.